Expertises: SQL Server Development

SQL Server Development

SQL Server is a relational database management system created by Microsoft. It's Microsoft's flagship database solution for the enterprise. SQL Server was originally called Sybase SQL Server, but that's a long story.

SQL Server is intended to compete against Oracle and IBM. The current version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2008, was released on August 6, 2008 and aims to make data management self-tuning, self organizing, and self maintaining. The goal of SQL Server 2008 is to provide near-zero downtime.

Why Use SQL Server?

SQL Server includes a long list of features usually reserved for high-end database products. For example, SQL Server 2008 offers:

  • Replication (Data Transformation)
  • Analysis Services
  • Reporting Services
  • Data Workflows
  • Full Text Search

There is no denying that SQL Server offers a lot of bang for the buck, when compared to IBM or Oracle. We like using it because it tightly integrates with Windows (server and desktop), and it works very well with Visual Studio. With recent releases the performance gap vs. higher end products has been reduced considerably.

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